Two Judiciary Democrats say they will not meet with Trump's Supreme Court pick

Two Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee will not meet with Amy Coney Barrett, President TrumpDonald TrumpEx-Trump lawyer Cohen to pen forward for impeachment book Murkowski says it would be 'appropriate' to bar Trump from holding office again Man known as 'QAnon Shaman' asks Trump for pardon after storming Capitol MORE's nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the late Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader Ginsburg, George Floyd among options for 'Remember the Titans' school's new name Bipartisan anger builds over police failure at Capitol Lindsey Graham praises Merrick Garland as 'sound choice' to serve as attorney general MORE

Sens. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoDemocratic senator raises concerns about inauguration security Senate Democrats urge Google to improve ad policies to combat election disinformation Senate gears up for battle over Barr's new special counsel MORE (D-Hawaii) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), two of the 10 Democrats on the panel, will not hold informational meetings with Barrett. The meetings aren't required, but they are a tradition, and they allow for a senator to privately question a Supreme Court pick before a hearing. 

“I will oppose the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, as I would any nominee proposed as part of this illegitimate sham process, barely one month before an election as Americans are already casting their votes. The American people deserve a voice in this hugely consequential decision," Blumenthal said in a statement. 


"I refuse to treat this process as legitimate and will not meet with Judge Barrett," he added.

A spokesperson for Hirono confirmed that she will not meet with Barrett either. Hirono also did not meet with Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughMurkowski says she is not considering joining Democratic caucus Murkowski becomes first GOP senator to call on Trump to resign 50-50 Senate opens the door to solutions outlasting Trump's moment of violence MORE, Trump's second Supreme Court nominee. 

Barrett, whom Trump named as his nominee on Saturday evening, is expected to start meeting with senators next week, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump seeks to freeze .4 billion of programs in final week of presidency McConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time Murkowski blasts Trump's election claims, calls House impeachment appropriate MORE (R-Ky.). 

No Democrat on the Judiciary Committee is expected to support her nomination after opposing her for her circuit court seat. But the caucus is currently debating what tactics it should use in the expected four days of public hearings. 

Other Democrats on the committee immediately panned Barrett's nomination but did not address if they would meet with her. 


“We are 38 days from Election Day.  And we are 45 days from the Supreme Court taking up the case that will decide whether the Affordable Care Act will survive. President Trump and Majority Leader McConnell want to rush Judge Barrett’s nomination through the Senate before those two dates arrive," said Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinSchumer says Democrats will probe extremist groups after Capitol attack Trump's legacy is discord and division Schumer calls for 25th Amendment to be invoked after Capitol riots MORE (D-Ill.), the No. 2 Senate Democrat. 

Sen. Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsSecurity concerns mount ahead of Biden inauguration Trump impeachment collides with Biden's agenda Sanders to wield gavel as gatekeeper for key Biden proposals MORE (D-Del.) added that the "confirmation process that is starting soon in the Senate may be the most divisive and damaging we’ve been through."

"I call on my Republican colleagues to defer consideration of Judge Barrett’s nomination and focus on the critical work of providing another round of pandemic relief to the millions of Americans in need," he added.